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by Brad R. Torgersen
Mon Apr 17, 2017 6:31 pm
Forum: Problems and Troubleshooting
Topic: Shunting me off
Replies: 5
Views: 285

Re: Shunting me off

That's my suspicion too. The forum can't recognize you if you're blocking cookies for any reason.
by Brad R. Torgersen
Mon Apr 17, 2017 6:30 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Forum upgrade and fixes for Spring 2017
Replies: 16
Views: 610

Re: Forum upgrade and fixes for Spring 2017

Not sure if I asked this earlier: which browser are you using to view the forum? Firefox? IE? Edge? Chrome?
by Brad R. Torgersen
Sun Apr 02, 2017 7:15 pm
Forum: Problems and Troubleshooting
Topic: New account verification fixed
Replies: 6
Views: 236

Re: New account verification fixed

Which browser do you use? Do you know if your browser cookies option is turned off?
by Brad R. Torgersen
Sun Apr 02, 2017 7:13 pm
Forum: Problems and Troubleshooting
Topic: New anti-Spam Q&A is up and running
Replies: 4
Views: 153

Re: New anti-Spam Q&A is up and running

Okay, those spammers have been nuked. I re-checked the new user verification system. Hmmmm . . . maybe I need to make the questions more challenging? If we keep getting hammered this week, I will switch it up.
by Brad R. Torgersen
Thu Mar 30, 2017 12:51 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Forum upgrade and fixes for Spring 2017
Replies: 16
Views: 610

Re: Forum upgrade and fixes for Spring 2017

Got the Q&A back up and running, with new questions that may prove a bit tough for your average robo-spammer.

Ping me if you see any more of them slipping through.
by Brad R. Torgersen
Thu Mar 30, 2017 12:50 am
Forum: Problems and Troubleshooting
Topic: New anti-Spam Q&A is up and running
Replies: 4
Views: 153

New anti-Spam Q&A is up and running

We'll see how well that keeps the robo-spammers away.

Ping me if you spot any of them slipping through. Thanks.
by Brad R. Torgersen
Wed Mar 29, 2017 5:32 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Forum upgrade and fixes for Spring 2017
Replies: 16
Views: 610

Re: Forum upgrade and fixes for Spring 2017

Yeah, the anti-spam has been taken down a notch (for the upgrade) but I will see about making it more robust again.

(hurries back to the workshop)
by Brad R. Torgersen
Tue Mar 28, 2017 9:08 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Forum upgrade and fixes for Spring 2017
Replies: 16
Views: 610

Forum upgrade and fixes for Spring 2017

Just a note to the general population, I've finally been able to upgrade the forum to a newer version of the software. Things will look a bit generic around here, until I can get the theme and graphic options synced with the phpbb 3.1.10 software. But everything works. Including new account registra...
by Brad R. Torgersen
Tue Mar 28, 2017 8:55 pm
Forum: Problems and Troubleshooting
Topic: New account verification fixed
Replies: 6
Views: 236

New account verification fixed

OK, new account verification (via automated e-mail) seems to be working again.

I just ran a dummy login through its paces, and things are working.

If anyone has any friends who are trying to log on, and can't, let me know, please?

Thanks.
by Brad R. Torgersen
Tue Mar 28, 2017 8:23 pm
Forum: Problems and Troubleshooting
Topic: Forum upgrade, from 3.0 to 3.1 to 3.2
Replies: 1
Views: 86

Re: Forum upgrade, from 3.0 to 3.1 to 3.2

Sorry for the up-and-down nature of the forum today, gang.

We're at 3.1 now, but experiencing a few problems moving to 3.2

The forum may wind up looking and feeling a little generic, until I can get this figured out.

wotf005
by Brad R. Torgersen
Tue Mar 28, 2017 4:03 pm
Forum: Problems and Troubleshooting
Topic: Reporting (again) for duty
Replies: 3
Views: 497

Re: Reporting (again) for duty

Sorry to be gone again.

Just now getting around to the forum software upgrade, having defeated some longstanding firewall problems.
by Brad R. Torgersen
Tue Mar 28, 2017 4:01 pm
Forum: Problems and Troubleshooting
Topic: Forum upgrade, from 3.0 to 3.1 to 3.2
Replies: 1
Views: 86

Forum upgrade, from 3.0 to 3.1 to 3.2

FYI for the group: I am in the process of getting the PHPBB software (for the forum) upgraded from 3.0 to 3.1, and then again to 3.2

Pardon the bumps.

wotf008
by Brad R. Torgersen
Fri Sep 09, 2016 1:39 pm
Forum: Problems and Troubleshooting
Topic: Registering Problem
Replies: 12
Views: 1481

Re: Registering Problem

I am going to try to expedite a solution. Facing similar technical obstacles as Martin and Kary. Hope to have it all remedied before September is through. Looks like the phpbb software could also use a full update as well.

(begins making chore list)
by Brad R. Torgersen
Fri Sep 09, 2016 1:37 pm
Forum: Problems and Troubleshooting
Topic: Reporting (again) for duty
Replies: 3
Views: 497

Reporting (again) for duty

Well, now, it's been a long time.

wotf009

(Yes, I am resuming mod ops here at the WOTF forum.)
by Brad R. Torgersen
Wed Oct 22, 2014 12:17 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Analog Submissions
Replies: 507
Views: 98061

Re: Analog Submissions

Yes, I still have to go in through the front door, like everybody else. Do I automatically get funneled to the VIP line once I am in? I am not sure. I know stories have gotten "derailed" into the regular slush on occasion. I also know I wait just about as long as the rest of you to hear ba...
by Brad R. Torgersen
Fri Oct 17, 2014 9:48 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: How much do short stories help to build a career?
Replies: 27
Views: 6112

Re: How much do short stories help to build a career?

Martin L. Shoemaker wrote:
Showoff... wotf013


Hey, as Tim Powers will tell you next year: isn't showing off part of the reason why we do this? wotf022
by Brad R. Torgersen
Thu Oct 16, 2014 10:09 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: How much do short stories help to build a career?
Replies: 27
Views: 6112

Re: How much do short stories help to build a career?

Which of course doesn't change the fact that breaking into a magazine like Analog is probably much more difficult than getting an editor at Baen or TOR or DAW to take a chance on your first novel. Really? Do you have data on that? I think the statistics are something Mike has quoted to me before. I...
by Brad R. Torgersen
Wed Oct 15, 2014 11:40 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: How much do short stories help to build a career?
Replies: 27
Views: 6112

Re: How much do short stories help to build a career?

Mediocre short stories are no use in selling books. Good stories, especially award-nominated or award-winning stories, make selling books to major markets -much- easier. Case in point: when I first met Toni Weisskopf (Baen chief editor and publisher) in 2011, she'd already gotten good word of mouth...
by Brad R. Torgersen
Wed Oct 15, 2014 11:35 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: How much do short stories help to build a career?
Replies: 27
Views: 6112

Re: How much do short stories help to build a career?

I basically would not have a career without my short fiction. It's been my short fiction that's gotten me all of my best PR to date, and most of my loyal readers too. It's what's attracted the attention of the Hugo and Nebula voters, and won me two Analog magazine AnLab readers' choice awards. It's ...
by Brad R. Torgersen
Wed May 21, 2014 3:26 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Mike Resnick, Barry Malzberg, and the SFWA
Replies: 44
Views: 8434

Re: Mike Resnick, Barry Malzberg, and the SFWA

I've resisted commenting on this, mainly because of the dead horse aspect. Suffice to say I let my SFWA membership lapse this year. My advice to any WOTF entrants or winners: join, for the "achievement unlocked" coolness. And then, if after a couple of years, you discover SFWA is of no tan...
by Brad R. Torgersen
Tue May 06, 2014 4:49 pm
Forum: Interviews: Entrants, Judges, Past Winners
Topic: Dave Wolverton talks Short Story
Replies: 6
Views: 4583

Re: Dave Wolverton talks Short Story

Quick follow up: some of you might be interested in this.

http://www.kutv.com/news/top-stories/st ... 1061.shtml

TV interview with Dave, from KUTV in Utah. Tonight at 10 PM Mountain. I am not sure yet if they will have the full expose available for web viewers? Hopefully, yes.
by Brad R. Torgersen
Sat Feb 22, 2014 11:37 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Analog Submissions
Replies: 507
Views: 98061

Re: Analog Submissions

I won't say I am thrilled with the tremendous slowdown in response time, since Trevor took the wheel. It would seem for the time being that extraordinarily long waits are the rule, not the exception; even for vets like me. All I can say is: roll with it. Getting overly antsy and/or upset about it wo...
by Brad R. Torgersen
Sat Jan 04, 2014 1:34 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Superstars 2014: you really need to be there
Replies: 0
Views: 583

Superstars 2014: you really need to be there

I am ordinarily rather reserved about using the forum to advocate for a non-WOTF workshop. But since I have Joni's blessing for this, I am going to share. http://bradrtorgersen.wordpress.com/2014/01/04/boost-your-writing-business-acumen-with-superstars-writing-seminars/ Seriously. Whether you're a f...
by Brad R. Torgersen
Sun Dec 29, 2013 8:28 pm
Forum: Quarterly Results
Topic: Quarter 2, Writers and Illustrators of the Future vol. 31
Replies: 36
Views: 7731

Quarter 2, Writers and Illustrators of the Future vol. 31

As noted in the Q1 thread, good luck!

wotf008
by Brad R. Torgersen
Sun Dec 29, 2013 8:28 pm
Forum: Quarterly Results
Topic: Quarter 1, Writers and Illustrators of the Future vol. 31
Replies: 28
Views: 7299

Quarter 1, Writers and Illustrators of the Future vol. 31

Posting here for future use. GOOD LUCK! wotf022
by Brad R. Torgersen
Wed Dec 04, 2013 6:04 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: SFWA Qualification Rates
Replies: 5
Views: 1990

Re: SFWA Qualification Rates

Magazines are a tough niche sector of the overall market, unlike 70 years ago. It's a book world, and has been since probably the 70s. I keep wondering if the explosion of e-publishing will "train" readers back into enjoying and buying short fiction like they used to before paperbacks took...
by Brad R. Torgersen
Tue Nov 26, 2013 6:07 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Analog Readers--Time to VOTE!
Replies: 2
Views: 852

Re: Analog Readers--Time to VOTE!

Do please vote, if you've read any of the stories by any of the Analog authors. wotf009

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